Our mission "to preserve defend and protect the music, culture, arts, and rhythms of the South" is best served by actually living and breathing - even enjoying - the very things we are sworn to preserve and protect. We believe by providing a platform - a stage - for art, music and culture we encourage growth and evolution instead of ossification. When you visit the Center, you visit a stage that comes alive with every show.
The Folklore Store & Hall Stages
Our two stages are the place to be for the latest neo-soul, jazz, blues, poetry or the occasional surprise guest visitor. Find out who's playing now .
Memphis Music and Heritage Festival
Every Labor Day weekend we host our free extravaganza of music, dance, crafts, food and more that has defined the Delta region to the world.
Our tours don't put inanimate
objects on a pedestal for view; instead, we introduce you to the very
animated performers, craftspeople, storytellers and others who put the
folk in folklore. Contact us at
for your school, tour group or
individually guided tour.
Create your very own unforgettable,
unique experience at the Center that will be talked about for years to
come. Contact us at
and make it happen for your family, business or
Center for Southern Folklore Presents...
Join executive director of the Center, Judy Peiser, and host of "CSF Presents" (The Library Channel 18 Memphis) as she introduces you to the characters that populate our history and our lives.
We bring you treasures from our archives
many times a year so you can see
and (almost) touch
the special flavor of our shared home.
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Come on over to see, hear, touch and taste what's new and happening!
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Each year the Center presents over 300 musicians, artists and performers at our Festivals , concerts, tours and special events. They've performed at places like the Poretta Soul Festival to regional Festivals near Memphis. If you would like to book a blues band, soul revue, drum line show, bluegrass or jazz, Center staffers will be happy to provide the artist to make your event a success.
You can stage your event with us in any of our three unique spaces for parties, meetings, whatever you like.
You can also hire our talented artists - or a group of artists - to take the party to you wherever you are.
We also represent crafts people, artists and talkers - a unique addition to any gathering.